TSMA Q3: Industry 4.0 - Revolutionizing Your Business
Buzzwords, such as “Digital”, “Smart Factory” and “Industry 4.0” are being spoken more of in manufacturing, but what do they mean and more importantly, how can this be applied to your business?
Join Justin McCoy from Toyota as he defines Industry 4.0 with respect to innovative manufacturing technologies, followed by Drew Garreston from Ceres Solutions Cooperative presenting examples of how smart factory thinking is being applied in agriculture/his vision of what we can expect by 2040.
Justin McCoy is a General Manager with Toyota Motor North America, Inc., (TMNA) working in the Manufacturing Project Innovation Center (MPIC) in Plano, Texas. His responsibilities include benchmarking activities and new mobility transformation. TMNA established MPIC in November 2019 with a focus on strategic initiatives related to mobility transformation; CASE (connected, autonomous, shared, electric) technologies; and benchmarking activities.
Justin joined Toyota in September 1997 in Quality Engineering at Toyota’s Kentucky assembly plant and has held various roles at a number of the company’s manufacturing facilities in
California, Texas and Mexico, including the start-up of the Tacoma assembly plant in Guanajuato. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological
University, and a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University. In 2003 he passed the Professional Engineer Exam in the state of Kentucky.
Drew Garretson, Senior Director of Digital Experience at Ceres Solutions Cooperative, has spent 14 years in the cooperative system serving in roles for Land O’Lakes Inc. in both agricultural technology development and digital strategy, leading teams across the United States. He is currently working to build a digital business enablement strategy for Ceres Solutions, one of the largest farmer-owned cooperatives in the U.S.
Drew met his wife Tiffany (Vieck) Garretson while in college and they moved back to Knox County to raise their family on his wife’s family farm. Drew’s family enjoys spending time outdoors, cheering for Purdue, and traveling. Outside of his family and being a Purdue College of Agriculture grad, he is passionate and committed to advocating for agriculture. He does this by telling a story focused on the value-added technology solutions for farmers and ag businesses and a significant appetite for volunteering.
Drew serves as a local leader for many organizations in his community including board President of the Knox County Community Foundation, Pantheon Board of Directors and chairman of the ag technology committee, Purdue College of Ag Alumni Board of Directors and local chapter President. He is a graduate of the Indiana AgrIInstitute Leadership Program, past chairman of the board for the Agribusiness Council of Indiana, where he led the charge of Indiana adopting nutrient stewardship standards across the state. Drew has served on several committees for KCDC including the B R and E Taskforce, ROZI Taskforce, and is currently co-chairing the Rural Broadband Taskforce on behalf of the Pantheon.